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August 30, 2004

Athens: India's best and worst
A summary of India's performance at the Olympic Games.

August 29, 2004

Borzakovskiy: Two-lap czar
Talented but inconsistent, Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy snatched the Olympic men's 800 meters title, timing a late surge to the line to perfection, against all expectations.

August 28, 2004

Liu Xiang: Shanghai streak
It took just 12.91 seconds for the 21-year-old become the first Chinese man to win an Olympic track and field title.

August 27, 2004

Greek fans revitalise Games
When Greece's Fani Halkia won gold in the Athens Olympic Stadium, the wall of sound which followed sounded like an earthquake.

The true spirit of the Games
The idea of competing and completing, rather than trying to win medals, has a special allure for marathon runners.

Farewell to Fredericks the Great
Fredericks has 25 sub-20 second 200 metres times to his name and in any other era would have dominated the half-lap sprint.

A high from hurdles
Red-hot favourite Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic streaked to victory in the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles final.

August 26, 2004

A town called Marathon
The dusty little farming town in Greece is bursting with pride that the name of Marathon has become a synonym for endurance.

Bolt from the blue
This one was for Greece, Fani Halkia -- our Olympian of the day.

August 25, 2004

On the wings of a dove
Joanna Hayes had narrowly missed making the Olympic team in 2000. At Athens she became a worthy Olympic champion.

August 24, 2004

World's strongest man ready for more
Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh looks set to increase his world records towards the 500-kg mark in two lifts.

Cubans still the ring masters
Their rivals had wishfully predicted a decline but the Cubans remain the masters of the Olympic ring.

Holmes run
Perseverance pays off for the 34-year-old Briton.

August 23, 2004

Gatlin turns sprinting into art
As a teenager the new Olympic 100 metres champion believed fame would come through art, not sprinting.

Onward with Phelps
Tough news for aspiring Olympic swimming champions: Michael Phelps could be ruling the roost for another two Games.

Justin Gatlin: Greece lightning
The US sprinter upset an illustrious field to win the men's 100m at the Athens Games on Sunday.

August 22, 2004

Bullet from Belarus
Yulia Nesterenko of Belarus became the first non-American since the 1980 Olympics in Moscow to win the women's 100 metres dash.

August 21, 2004

Michael's a marvel
They say, Michael Phelps is as good as Mark Spitz. That, by any yardstick, is saying a lot.

August 20, 2004

Peirsol: From ripples to waves
Peirsol says one of his goals is going undefeated the rest of his career and going by his huge victory margins he just might manage to do that.

August 19, 2004

No triumphant lap of honour for Popov
Somehow it still seemed appropriate that Alexander Popov's last shot at Olympic glory was over in a flash.

Kitajima "sticks it" to Americans
History-maker Kosuke Kitajima got even, not mad -- at least, not too mad.

'Hooging' the limelight
'The Flying Dutchman' became only the third man in history to defend his title in swimming's premier event.

August 18, 2004

Have you met Major Rathore?
Share with us your impressions of the man who made us proud at Athens 2004.

Greece lightning strikes out at home
Costas Kenteris's withdrawal from the Athens Olympics capped one of the most dramatic rise and falls of modern athletics.

August 17, 2004

Handicap no bar for Loper
Sharpshooter Whitly Loper was diagnosed with a hereditary vision disorder that left her blind in her right eye from birth.

August 16, 2004

Japan's Rising Son
Japan's double world champion won the men's 100 metres breaststroke gold


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